- 11:40 AM, Feb 20
2005, Akon gained more popularity after being featured in Young Jeezy's debut album, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101", on the song "Soul Survivor" which became a top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In perhaps the best effort he had, sophomore album "Konvicted" that was released on November 14, 2006, raised his fame meter even higher, made it enough for him to be considered one of the prominent musicians at that time. Its first single "Smack That," featured Eminem in the rapping, shot to #2 in Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed on the post for five consecutive weeks. "I Wanna Love You", the second single off "Konvicted," was released in September the same year. Featured a collaboration with Snoop Dogg, this single topped the U.S. charts for two consecutive weeks, earned Akon's his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and Snoop's second. The first two songs may be lifted due to the collaboration, but Akon proved that his solo effort "Don't Matter" could also reign at #1. Akon, indeed, reached the highest peak of his career with his being nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at 49th Annual Grammy Awards for "Smack That." Unfortunately, he lost to collaboration in "My Love."
While thriving with his solo career, Akon was also noted for his collaboration with Gwen Stefani in her hit "The Sweet Escape." Before touring as a solo, he jumped in Gwen's Sweet Escape Tour in the first half of 2007. At one point, unfortunately, Akon was heavily criticized after performing racy dance with an underage girl during a concert in Tobago. Claimed to have no idea for the girls' age that manipulated the venue, a nightclub only allowing 18 years and above, he took the "blame" anyway and wrote a song "Sorry, Blame It on Me," released it in August 2007 and shot its music video at the same time. Since the song was created after "Konvicted" has hit the street, a special edition of the album was made with the inclusion of "Sorry, Blame It on Me." Titled "Konvicted (Deluxe Edition)", the set was released on August 28 the same year and covered in it the song "Rush," featured Kardinal Offishall, which appeared in the blockbuster movie "Rush Hour 3" (2007).
On June 3, 2007 Akon was performing on stage during a concert at radio station WSPK's KFEST in Fishkill, N.Y. when